Covid-19 Mental Welfare Commission advice and information: updated 5 October

From the Mental Welfare Commission

The Mental Welfare Commission is being contacted for advice on mental health care and treatment related to this pandemic

In light of this we have produced this updated advice note (version 16) for practitioners who are using the Mental Health Act and Adults with Incapacity Act when caring for patients. We have also updated our information for people using services and their family/carers (version 4).

Please read these and share them with those who may find them helpful. Please also note that they are updated frequently as the situation develops. We will issue updates, but please also check our website for the latest version.

We hope you find this helpful and ask that you email us at if you have any questions or comments.

You can find the Advice Note here.

You can find the information for people using services and their family/carers here.

With our staff now all working from home, please also see here for details of contacting the Commission at this time.

Out on the road with the Flu Jab team!

This year our amazing CTACS & District Nursing teams will be working together to ensure housebound patients receive a flu injection as soon as possible. Visits are already underway and practices will let patients know when they can expect a visit.


All health and social care staff in East Lothian (ELHSCP and independent sector) are entitled to, and should take up, their free flu jab. Clinics are now open so make sure you book yours as soon as you can and stay safe and well this winter.

More info (including health and social care flub jab clinics) at

Care Inspectorate fortnightly report to the Scottish Parliament

From the Care Inspectorate

Under the duties placed on us by the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act, we report to the Scottish Parliament fortnightly on our inspections activity. 

In order to robustly assess the arrangements put in place by care services to respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our inspections place a particular focus on infection prevention and control, personal protective equipment and staffing in care settings. This enables us to focus on these areas while also considering the overall quality of care and people’s wellbeing. The reports we lay before Parliament are in addition to our normal process of publishing full inspection reports, which we will publish in due course.

The report laid before the Scottish Parliament on 30 September is here.

Scam alert – Community Alarm Service

A man saying he is from East Lothian Council has been phoning people about joining our Community Alarm Scheme & requesting bank details. Always ask for ID & don’t share your bank details with anyone unless you are sure they are who they say they are. Please phone101 as soon as you can if this has happened to you or someone you know/support.